Safe Sitters Course Teaches Teens Safety Skills | KAMR

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TEMPLE, Texas (FOX 44) – A common way for young teenagers to earn money is babysitting – a job that requires a lot of responsibility.

Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Injury Prevention Team offers Safe Sitter courses to prepare teenagers for emergencies.

Classes are designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when watching siblings, babysitting, or home alone.

“We were interested to know what we do in an emergency,” said participant Malaya Lucia.

Malaya and Derian Lucia recently attended the classes as they have younger siblings.

“It’s going to help us when our mom goes grocery shopping and we can babysit while she does that, so it’s going to make things quicker and easier for her,” Derian Lucia said.

“It’s wonderful for this grade 6-8 class to learn critical thinking skills that aren’t quite developed yet, so in an emergency or maybe even a minor situation, they can think about the problem and solve it,” trauma coordinator Krista Easley said.

The course includes safety skills such as what to do in the event of a power outage, choking rescue and CPR, behavior management, and life and business skills.

“You never know when your child or someone else’s child, the most precious thing in your life, is in a situation where those skills can come back and help them,” Easley said.

The Lucias say they feel ready to help out in their home if something goes wrong.

“We want to take care of our younger brothers and sisters, and we want to make sure they are well and get the care they need,” Malaya Lucia said. “Now we can deal with emergencies at home even if our mother is there or our mother is not there,” said Derian Lucia.

These are skills that can carry out countless situations for the rest of their lives.

“Alone at home, or even if they’re with their friends at school, each of these skills can be practiced at any level,” Easley said.

Beginning in September, classes are held every second Saturday of the month and cost $65. To register visit here link.

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